PhD course: Academic Legal Writing

A writing course designed for PhD students who have recently embarked upon their doctoral studies.

Course description

The course is designed for PhD students who have recently embarked upon their doctoral studies. It aims to assist PhD students in developing their academic writing skills. The course will address general issues on how to write a PhD thesis. It will also provide guidance on successfully preparing an article for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

 The course will offer presentations by distinguished academics specialized in the field of law, who will address various aspects of academic legal writing.

Course objective

The main objective of this course is to equip PhD students with the necessary academic writing skills required for producing research pieces that meet highest scholarly standards. Participants will be advised on writing skills that are of vital importance when undertaking academic research in the field of law.

Course format

The two-day course is divided into two tracks: an international track and a Nordic/Danish track. It addresses the topic of preparing an academic piece for publication and includes group work exercises (abstract preparation). Within the international track all sessions will be in English, and in the Nordic/Danish track all sessions will be in Danish. The sessions in the international track (DAY 1), will address the issues of successfully handling the preparation of PhD dissertation and establishing an academic publishing portfolio, as well as building a publishing strategy for international peer-reviewed journals. The sessions in the Nordic/Danish track (DAY 2), will address publishing in Danish/Nordic peer-reviewed journals and how to develop a comprehensive (Danish/international) publication profile.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to: 

  • effectively apply academic writing techniques addressed during the course,
  • recognize what is expected of them when preparing their final dissertations,
  • recognize what the editorial panels of peer-reviewed journals are generally looking for in an academic article submitted for publication,
  • critically analyse their own writing with particular attention paid to editing and proofreading,
  • utilize recognised legal referencing systems.

Course information and programme

Read more about the course and the programme (pdf) 


University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Law, Njalsgade 76, DK-2300 Copenhagen S, Room: 4A.1.68 (Building 4A, First floor, Room 68). A guide on how to find Campus is available at our website via this link and a map of campus is available here.

Course organiser 

Professor Ulla Neergaard, Centre for European and Comparative Legal Studies, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen. 


No later than 15 May 2022. Please register via this link.

Please specify which track you wish to register for, or if you wish to register for both tracks.